Common Misunderstandings of Accused DUI Drivers
Drunk driving cases are the most numerous criminal offenses reported in the United States and Michigan is one of the most strict regarding these type of offenses.
Are Most People Accused of DUI guilty?
After an arrest, police routinely give suspected drunk drivers a breath test analysis and not a blood test. It is possible that the machines police officers use can malfunction or be operated improperly. A “regular” attorney will assume that since the state approved the machine that it is reliable and not challenge it.
The police will also have an opinion as to a driver’s level of intoxication. These opinions are related to roadside sobriety testing. The National Highway Safety and Traffic Safety Administration has determined that there are only a few of the battery of tests police use that are recognized as being able to accurately access intoxication. Also, recent studies indicate these tests are not given uniformly by police officers so there can be no basis for assuming they are valid. Without an attorney who is qualified by the NHTSA, you will have no way of knowing whether the tests you were given are valid or not in a court of law.
The police will also have an observation of a driver’s level of intoxication. Police reports almost always reference slurred speak and blood shot and glassy eyes. Those conditions can be caused by any number of reasons not related to the consumption of alcohol, such as being sleepy or suffering from allergies.
There are a lot of things to be aware of when representing someone charged with DUI. There are a lot of DUI lawyers in Michigan but very few who would be widely considered to have extensive expertise and a reputation for winning. When you are charged with DUI it is important that you retain the services of attorneys that are specialists in the field of defending drunk drivers. The premier DUI lawyers in Michigan are Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. We provide our clients with the most creative, effective and up-to-date defenses. We are not afraid to win!
Drunk Driving is Not a Minor Offense.
Drunk driving offenses like DUI, OWI, OWPD and Impaired Driving can happen to any one. It does not mean you are a bad person and it does not mean you necessarily have a substance abuse problem. However, there is a psychological and real toll to having a DUI conviction.
There are driver license restrictions (or suspensions depending on the charge and on the number of prior convictions). Being stopped while driving on a restricted/suspended driver license can result in jail, substantial fines and additional suspensions.
In Michigan, a DUI can never be removed from your criminal record by expungement.
Additional consequences of a DUI conviction can include increased automobile insurance and damaged credit scores. College students charged with DUI or convicted of DUI can be suspended from school and students in professional schools like law, medical and nursing schools, can be expelled. Unemployment benefits can be terminated with a DUI conviction. Convicted military service people can be discharged or saddled with massive restrictions. Licensed professionals can be disciplined by their licensing board or face the possibility of losing their livelihood.
Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. are Experienced, Aggressive and Effective DUI Lawyers in Michigan
There are hundreds of DUI lawyers in Michigan but there are very few who have the reputation, skills and experience to be considered experts in their field. The various Michigan OWI attorneys have various levels of training, experience, respectability and expertise. The attorneys at Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. have a more than a collective half-century of experience in defending people charged with drunk driving offenses. Our attorneys have specialized training and access to expert witnesses in order to properly prepare a zealous and cutting edge defense. It is important that no stone be left unturned in protecting the interest of our firm’s clients. Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. have successfully defended people charged with drinking and driving offenses in courtrooms through out Michigan. Our Defense Team is well respected and we have a reputation for success. If you have any questions please contact us at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and an experienced OWI Defense Lawyer will promptly contact you. We can help and we are not afraid to win.